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This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/the-ongoing-saga-49-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/the-ongoing-saga-51-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ This post ran from 12 March 2015 to 23 March 2015. Order is inverted. Last update on top (below picture).

Nuclear Blasphemy, 70 Yrs is Enough Campaign
This top image or something similar will probably stay on top until the nuclear industry is shut down. Then, there is still the nuclear waste to be secured. We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now!

Monday, 23 March 2015

New Posts:
It is amazing how much was known about Fukushima early on. It seems like the fuel pool fire, meltdowns, and explosions have been forgotten by almost everyone: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/japans-growing-nuclear-crisis-as-seen-on-march-15-2011/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/us-law-to-regulate-chemical-industry-drafted-by-chemical-industry-lobby-group-overrides-states-right-to-protect-citizens/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/fermi-nuclear-reactor-loss-of-normal-emergency-cooling-scram-plus-other-us-nuclear-failures-march-18-19-2015/

Reuters News Feed Selection

China charges former senior energy executive with graft Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:56:58 GMT
BEIJING, March 23 (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors on Monday charged a former senior energy executive with bribery, abuse of power and other corrupt practices, the latest official to face court in a sweeping crackdown on corruption. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LM3bg4NnwGM/story01.htm

Irish anti-water charge protesters keep pressure on government Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:18:08 -0400
DUBLIN, March 21 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday in the latest mass protest against new water charges, keeping up the pressure on the government, which hopes Ireland’s economic growth will quell the discontent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/UobfpjbBTHc/ireland-politics-protests-idUSL6N0WN0HT20150321

UPDATE 1-Shares in India’s Jindal Steel hit hard by rejection of coal block bids
Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:06:09 -0400
MUMBAI, March 23 (Reuters) – Shares in India’s Jindal Steel and Power Ltd were heading towards their biggest daily loss in almost two years on Monday, hit by concerns over the company’s ability to feed its power plants after the rejection of its bids for three coal mines auctioned by the government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-F_SB5PyLZU/jindal-steel-stocks-idUSL3N0WP2VR20150323

Stricken China steel mills look to state to ease exit strategy Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:00:45 -0400
BEIJING, March 23 (Reuters) – Many loss-making Chinese steel mills could finally be ready to shut their doors this year, with the government expected to offer more incentives for stricken enterprises to close as the economy slows and a war on smog intensifies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/KYg7BlYvSlQ/china-steel-idUSL3N0WK47P20150322

U.S. gas prices fall 4 cents, ending weeks of increases -survey Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:12:58 GMT
NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) – The average price of regular grade gasoline fell 4 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to $2.50 per gallon, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EME6pemTrZQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-OPEC won’t bear burden of propping up oil price – Saudi minister
Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:28:05 GMT
RIYADH, March 22 (Reuters) – OPEC will not take sole responsibility for propping up the oil price, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said on Sunday, signalling the world’s top petroleum exporter is determined to ride out a market slump that has roughly halved prices since last June. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SdKRoxbZQzM/story01.htm

Bilfinger investigates bribe allegations around Brazil World Cup order Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:16:51 GMT
BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) – German engineering and services firm Bilfinger is investigating whether employees of a subsidiary paid bribes to public officials in Brazil in connection with orders related to the World Cup. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6gWaL67Oajo/story01.htm

What now for junk-rated “dinosaur” Eskom? South Africa asks Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:00:00 GMT
JOHANNESBURG, March 22 (Reuters) – In the dying days of apartheid, the head of South Africa’s power utility, the central pillar of the white-run economy, sat down with Nelson Mandela and asked him a simple question: when you take office, what are you going to do with Eskom http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/qNm6_2LxnFc/story01.htm

Japan firms to be a surprise no-show at Australian submarine event Posted:Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:03:44 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two Japanese firms that until recently were the frontrunners to win a multi-billion dollar contract to build Australia’s new submarines have rebuffed an invitation to attend a gathering of top Australian naval officials and politicians this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/xyW4vCdPHAE/story01.htm

Forget the next movie, now you can crowdfund Texas oil wells Posted:Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT
HOUSTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Would be wildcatters and investors hoping to strike it rich in oil can now turn to crowdsourcing, a way to raise money more synonymous with aspiring filmmakers than roustabouts in West Texas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wKeNL6i2nXg/story01.htm

Sunday, 22 March 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/hilda-murrell-anti-nuclear-activist-abducted-murdered-31-years-ago/
Codex Manesse Roses 1300s
New inquiry urged into campaigner Hilda Murrell’s murder” 26 March 2012 Last updated at 10:30 GMT http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-17512683

The scam is that the TPP is nothing but another free trade deal – albeit a whopper of a deal that ties our economy to Brunei, Vietnam, and 9 other nations around the Pacific Rim. But of the 29 chapters in this deal, only five are about tariffs./ The real deal is in the 24 other chapters that create a supranational scheme of exclusive, unelected, secretive tribunals that corporations from any TPP nation can use to challenge and overturn our local, state, and national laws. All a corporate power has to do to win in these closed tribunal proceedings is to show that one of our laws or regulations might reduce its future profits.” Excerpt from: “Obama Resorts to Government by Sucker Punch“, March 20, 2015 Jim Hightower, http://www.usw.org/blog/2015/obama-resorts-to-government-by-sucker-punch

Reuters News Feed Selection

Forests shrink; 70 percent now less than 1 km from edge Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:21:14 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – Farms, roads and towns are fast slicing up the world’s wilderness, leaving 70 percent of the world’s remaining forested land less than one km (half a mile) from a forest edge, a U.S.-led study showed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/L5RYrqihNZ4/story01.htm

Japan court denies injunction against MOX nuclear fuel use Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:36:26 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – A local district court in southwestern Japan on Friday denied granting an injunction against Kyushu Electric Power Co’s use of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel at its Genkai No.3 reactor, the nuclear operator said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/ogXfxBR2cV4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. mediators report tentative deal in Honeywell Illinois dispute
Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:17:40 GMT
March 21 (Reuters) – A tentative agreement has been reached in a labor dispute at a Honeywell International Inc uranium conversion plant in Illinois, potentially ending a work stoppage that began last August, federal mediators and the company said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b0BVors_IJ8/story01.htm

Germany’s SPD won’t back down in U.S. trade talks Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:46:18 -0400
BERLIN, March 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s economy minister has promised to block any clauses in a trade deal between the European Union and the United States that go against the ideals of his… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/amyJmgUt30k/eu-usa-trade-germany-idUSL6N0WN06P20150321

France says deal with Iran must be robust, guarantee no atomic bomb Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:14:27 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Saturday that his country wanted an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program that was sufficiently robust to guarantee that Tehran could not acquire an atomic bomb. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/kuwrvqnEbOE/story01.htm

Russia urges Germany, France to safeguard peace in Ukraine Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:48:29 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia appealed to Germany and France on Saturday to ensure Kiev does not try to incite violence in east Ukraine to encourage the United States to send Ukrainian forces lethal weapons. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/X1lxDiW71jk/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-AIG investors’ $970.5 mln settlement wins US court approval
Posted:Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:21:13 -0400
NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) – American International Group Inc shareholders won approval on Friday of a $970.5 million settlement resolving claims they were misled about its subprime mortgage… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/i5kcaAb1kmw/aig-classaction-settlement-idUSL2N0WM23I20150321

Saturday, 21 March 2015
March Equinox was Friday, 20 March 2015, 22:45 UTC

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/mean-spirited-uk-finally-throws-a-few-shared-crumbs-at-elderly-uk-atomic-veterans/

http://youtu.be/VjZOIK8Vc_c
(If you don’t care for the music please mute it and read the lyrics)

Hilda Murrell was a British rose grower, naturalist, diarist and campaigner against nuclear power and nuclear weapons. On 21 March 1984, she was abducted and found murdered five miles from her home in Shropshire UKhttps://wikispooks.com/wiki/Hilda_Murrell

There can be no justification for the use of nuclear power. It leads to widespread contamination of the environment, numerous deaths from cancer and leukemia and unacceptable restrictions on our few remaining civil liberties – while all the time cheaper and safer alternatives exist. Because she realized this and decided to make her stand Hilda Murrell became the target for a particularly foul and vicious attack. A frail old lady, she was repeatedly stabbed then dumped In the woods and left to bleed to death. Are there no depths to which they will not stoop? If she was not to die in vain We must resist this atomic menace“. From: “Resist The Atomic Menace by Oi Polloi.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resist_the_Atomic_Menace

Monsanto and Nuclear Weapons
The Dayton Project began in 1943 when Monsanto’s Charles Allen Thomas was recruited by the Manhattan Project in the role of coordinating the plutonium purification and production work being carried out at various sites.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton_Project
During the war, security concerns required officials to refer to Clinton Laboratories by its code name, X-10. The personnel of Monsanto Chemical Company, the new operating contractor, continued this practice in the postwar years. The remote Appalachian location of Clinton Laboratories, along with unpaved streets and spartan living conditions, presented an easy target for ridicule. Metallurgical Laboratory personnel in Chicago called X-10 “Down Under,” while Du Pont personnel labeled it the “Gopher Training School.” In official telegrams, Monsanto’s staff referred to Oak Ridge as “Dogpatch,” taking their cue from Li’l Abner, a popular comic strip lampooning “hillbilly” Appalachian life. Such ill-concealed scorn did not bode well either for postwar Monsanto administration or Laboratory research.http://web.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev25-34/chapter2.shtml

Monsanto and DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth HormoneThe company also formerly manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and recombinant bovine somatotropin (a.k.a. bovine growth hormone)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

Reuters News Feed Selection

Freeport Indonesia says blockade at Grasberg copper mine lifted
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:25:20 -0400
JAKARTA, March 21 (Reuters) – A five-day blockade by workers at Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s Indonesian mine ended on Saturday and normal operations were being resumed at the Grasberg site, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-based miner said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/M7SdDsZgFU8/indonesia-freeport-blockade-idUSL3N0WN02320150321

Monsanto weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer -World Health Organization
Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:28:05 -0400 CHICAGO, March 20 (Reuters) – The world’s most widely-used weed killer can “probably” cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DnTwhvsbe6A/monsanto-roundup-cancer-idUSL2N0WM2I420150320

UPDATE 5-Holcim wins better terms to get Lafarge tie-up back on track Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:59:25 -0400
* No. 2 shareholder Galchev declines to comment (Adds Lafont saying new CEO will not be on board, updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/t1SnD3VpNRo/lafarge-ma-holcim-idUSL6N0WM0D620150320

European companies and watchdog warn against excessive EU patent fees Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:44:49 -0400
BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) – The European Commission and some of Europe’s largest companies, including Philips and Scania, have warned that excessive fees for a single European patent could hurt innovation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6iuApKZO_Ro/eu-patent-fee-idUSL6N0WM4K820150320

U.S unveils new rules to for fracking on federal lands Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:03:31 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Interior said on Friday it finalized new rules to govern drilling on federal land using a process known as fracking, including new measures to protect groundwater. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/0Ak95zQrPHs/usa-fracking-regulations-idUSL2N0WL1KW20150320

UPDATE 3-U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:55:50 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides on Friday, with green groups calling the measures “toothless” and the energy industry slamming “unnecessary” regulation of a drilling process that has brought the United States to the cusp of oil and gas self-sufficiency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PU51Yh4YF-o/usa-fracking-idUSL2N0WM1TR20150320

Oil and gas industry groups sue over U.S. fracking rules Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:55:53 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The oil and gas industry moved quickly on Friday to challenge new U.S. regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, minutes after the Obama administration issued the rules. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/kql8GSf2tF4/usa-fracking-lawsuit-idUSL2N0WM23Y20150320

UPDATE 2-S.Africa’s Eskom swaps Alstom for ABB in Kusile plant contract
Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:28:03 -0400
* Follows suspension of executives, ratings downgrade (Recasts with ABB, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-nFZcnjysk4/eskom-alstom-idUSL6N0WM2KI20150320

UPDATE 1-Poland’s JSW faces funding challenge after costly strike Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:58:31 -0400
WARSAW, March 20 (Reuters) – JSW, the European Union’s biggest coking coal producer, said record low coal prices and losses from a strike this year will force it to cut costs further, curb investment and fight for financing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wEYy9vi3fzo/poland-jsw-results-idUSL6N0WM2EH20150320

China gold firm Zijin posts first profit rise in 3 yrs Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:40:06 -0400
HONG KONG, March 20 (Reuters) – China’s largest listed gold producer Zijin Mining Group reported net profit growth for the first time in three years in 2014 but expects gold prices to hover at low levels due to the global economy slowdown. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y7hWkUVckf8/zijin-results-idUSL3N0WL37S20150320

UPDATE 1-Goldman, UBS join ex-“fixing” banks for new LBMA gold price Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:32:12 -0400
* ICE Benchmark Administration operating new process (Adds background, comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SVRUHZHoS54/gold-fix-idUSL6N0WM21B20150320

Ukrainian oligarch under fire after night raid on state oil firm Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:01:42 GMT
KIEV, March 20 (Reuters) – A raid by a group of armed men in combat fatigues on a state-owned oil company in the Ukrainian capital Kiev caused uproar in parliament on Friday and thrust banking billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky into the spotlight. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ISkLuBrzGms/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Turkey offers $50 mln loan to Ukraine, urges protection of Crimean Tatars
Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:57:32 -0400
KIEV, March 20 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan offered a $50 million loan to Ukraine and called for the rights of Crimean Tatars to be protected during a trip to Kiev on Friday, but avoided outright criticism of trade partner Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/A0ltMRUVMCk/turkey-ukraine-idUSL6N0WM3XB20150320

UPDATE 2-Russia, Ukraine and EU to hold further gas talks in April Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:17:51 -0400
* EU officials aim for deal by June (Adds Commission comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/qhBIqF8oWpo/ukraine-crisis-gas-idUSL6N0WM4LG20150320

Georgia to boost hydropower, creating scope to export energy Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:31:55 -0400
TBILISI, March 20 (Reuters) – Ex-Soviet Georgia will build a major hydropower plant with the help of a $250 million loan arranged by the International Financial Corporation (IFC), the development institution said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/pqmSZoT2Hdw/georgia-energy-idUSL6N0WM15J20150320

Boosting Denmark wind power will require more links -operator Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:25:28 -0400
OSLO, March 20 (Reuters) – Expanding wind power further in Denmark will required establishing more international links to help handle the volatility in supply from turbines, transmission system operator Energinet.dk said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/ndMqVj3EKoo/denmark-windpower-idUSL6N0WM3TU20150320

UPDATE 1-White House stands by pledge to end Ex-Im backing for coal plants
Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:18:44 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it would press ahead to end government financing for most coal-fired power plants overseas, a day after a bipartisan bill sought to overturn limits on those projects financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/llFRi1WCrLs/usa-trade-exim-idUSL2N0WM2NK20150321

BNSF Railway faces fines in Washington state over hazardous spills
Posted:Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:25:41 GMT
SEATTLE, March 20 (Reuters) – Washington state regulators have recommended BNSF Railway be fined $700,000 for not properly disclosing that its trains had spilled crude oil and other hazardous materials on 14 occasions over four months, officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WMsJoPd2hjI/story01.htm

Friday, 20 March 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/burying-dangerous-radioactive-waste-in-texas-llw-another-dilute-deceive-scam/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/radioactive-waste-dump-transport-safety-liability-aquifer-concerns-in-texas-llw-2011/
Reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/success-your-lobbying-helped-force-a-vote-in-parliament-on-nuclear-waste-dumping-we-have-till-wednesday/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/lamar-alexanders-nuclear-fantasyland/

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia blockade enters 5th day, output still halted
Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:34:17 -0400
JAKARTA, March 20 (Reuters) – A blockade by workers at Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s Indonesian mine extended into a fifth day on Friday, a union official said, with output still halted but maintenance workers allowed into the Grasberg site by protesters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kUNzGigzLic/indonesia-freeport-blockade-idUSL3N0WM1KS20150320

Peruvian mayor of town near giant copper project assassinated Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:33:18 -0400
LIMA, March 19 (Reuters) – The new mayor of a small Andean town in Peru near a huge, multi-billion-dollar copper project was shot dead in an apparent ambush while traveling by car in the region, authorities said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ZMrUx_mWKZY/peru-crime-copper-idUSL2N0WM02N20150320

Battered Africa gold valuations to spur mines sales Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:07:52 -0400
JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Some of the lowest valuations in decades and rising pressure on Africa’s gold producers to restructure or perish are likely to spur a wave of acquisitions in a sector attracting a growing number of potential buyers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/6xXBEyGa42w/safrica-gold-valuations-idUSL5N0W64WL20150319

UPDATE 2-New era of gold benchmarking to start with six pioneers Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:28:16 -0400
* ICE Benchmark Administrator to replace gold fix on March 20 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/QWJeDOie_So/gold-fix-idUSL6N0WL2IU20150319

UPDATE 2-Belarus surprises rivals with China potash deal Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:08:40 -0400
* Bigger rival Uralkali criticises hike as too small (Writes through, adds quotes from Belarus, Uralkali) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bmDYJHxjR-w/potash-china-belarus-idUSL6N0WL2N820150319

UPDATE 1-Nucor cuts profit forecast as imports hurt steel prices Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:22:02 -0400
March 19 (Reuters) – Nucor Corp, the No.1 U.S. steelmaker, cut its profit forecast for the first quarter, saying higher imports were hurting steel prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qijsnjt0t6Y/nucor-forecast-idUSL3N0WL4DQ20150319

UPDATE 1-EU agrees Russia sanctions to stay until Ukraine peace terms met
Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:57:53 GMT
* Yatseniuk in Brussels says should be no easing of sanctions (Adds agreement, Tusk quotes) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CwMyvBu6nkc/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-China to lend Venezuela $10 bln in coming months -source Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:42:20 GMT
CARACAS, March 19 (Reuters) – China will lend Venezuela around $10 billion in coming months, half as part of a bilateral financing deal and the other half for the development of oil fields, a senior official at state oil company PDVSA said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0I8LHW5TugM/story01.htm

EU ties lifting Russia sanctions to full Ukraine peace accord Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:32:37 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 19 (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to link lifting economic sanctions on Russia to the full implementation of a Ukraine ceasefire agreement, European Council President Donald Tusk announced. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CwMyvBu6nkc/story01.htm

Quebec aboriginals say TransCanada pipeline review flawed Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:42:29 GMT
OTTAWA, March 19 (Reuters) – The Canadian government’s review of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East pipeline is deeply flawed, Quebec aboriginal leaders said on Thursday, signaling they could line up with opponents of the C$12 billion ($9.43 billion) project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZMTT1W_mc2Y/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Fed urges lawmakers to toughen rules on Wall St and commodities
Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:14:17 GMT
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should consider overturning a decades-old rule that allows Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to extract, transport and trade physical commodities, a top Federal Reserve official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LvunHVC-wt8/story01.htm

California opposition to oil-by-rail mounts
Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:03:54 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) – A chorus of local governments across California opposed to crude oil trains grew louder this week in light of recent derailments, with a total of 14 cities and towns now trying to block the trains from running through their communities. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MUwZRBUYo-E/story01.htm

U.S. State Department still reviewing Keystone pipeline -White House Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:24:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department is still reviewing TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project, White House senior adviser Brian Deese told reporters on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y3lIosqrV2A/story01.htm

New Jersey environmental bills move ahead with Exxon deal pending Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:05:35 GMT
NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) – A New Jersey bill that calls for more money from environmental settlements to fund cleanups moved to the full state Assembly on Thursday in the wake of a controversial $225 million deal with Exxon Mobil Corp. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6ZzPyfq0i7E/story01.htm

Power grid operators aim to get smart as Europe turns green Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:07:11 GMT
PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) – The owners of Europe’s electricity grids say they need an injection of cash and a fresh look at regulation if they are to build and operate new, high-tech networks that can channel green energy sources into homes across the region. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xItFhrH64mk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. oil groups sue EPA over delays in biofuel standard Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:58:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. oil and gas industry has sued the Environmental Protection Agency over repeated delays in the release of 2014 and 2015 biofuel use targets, intensifying pressure on the agency to speed up its work on standards for renewable fuel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/R1yzULzQDx8/story01.htm

Unions to ballot UK North Sea oil workers over appetite for strike Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:57:00 GMT
LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Trade unions Unite and GMB are balloting their members working offshore in Britain’s oil and gas industry to gauge appetite for strike action over changes to shift patterns and other grievances. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-A0mUfkZW70/story01.htm

Ontario oil-train wrecks ignite worry over Canada crude flammability Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:56:42 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, March 19 (Reuters) – Two recent oil-train derailments in Canada have opened a new front on the debate over safety, highlighting how even shipments of Alberta’s oil sands crude can contain components just as volatile as North Dakota’s Bakken. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/Hbob-MVynjA/story01.htm

Thursday, 19 March 2015

US NRC Comment Deadline for Radiation Standards extended to 22 June 2015: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/20/2014-27519/radiation-protection http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2009-0279-0098

However, there is a comment period coming up on March 30th re concrete degradation in nuclear reactors: “NRC-2014-0257 Improved Identification Techniques Against Alkali-Silica Reaction Concrete Degradation at Nuclear Plants (PRM-50-109) 03/30/2015” and on dry cask storage and transport of high burn-up nuclear spent fuel on the 20th of April: “NRC-2015-0047 Considerations in Licensing High Burnup Spent Fuel in Dry Storage and Transportation” All or almost all spent nuclear fuel is now high burn-up.

New Reblog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/moorside-would-be-chernobyl-on-steroids/

The former BP CEO, “Lord Browne”, is involved in the deal to sell N. Sea oil to a Russian tycoon. He has also been trying to frack the UK as head of Cuadrilla Oil. Even though he tries to spin it otherwise, lying about his boyfriend only sped up his stepping down as CEO: “The board, … had already forced him to announce that he would retire by the end of 2008 after a series of operational disasters on Browne’s watch, including an explosion at the company’s Texas City oil refinery, resulting in 15 deaths and 170 injuries, as well as a large oil spill in Alaska.” “BP’s Sun King Lord Browne reveals his darker sidehttp://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/feb/08/bp-lord-browne-memoirs He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 and has sat in the House of Lords since 2001.

Some believe that the 2010 BP Oil spill on the US Gulf Coast is part of “Lord” Browne’s legacy as CEO of BP.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Singapore introduces commercial solar tariff to reduce fossil fuel reliance Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:44:27 GMT
* Commercial users offered hybrid solar, conventional power deal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SNS10JFCFB8/story01.htm

UK still mulling Russian tycoon’s N. Sea deal, has power to force sale
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:44:58 -0400
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – The British government is still considering Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s acquisition of North Sea gas fields, but has made clear it has the power to require him to sell the assets, Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/-hSVWgW8sq8/rwe-deal-cameron-idUSL6N0WK2CQ20150318

UPDATE 2-Britain hands lifeline to North Sea oil industry with tax cuts
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:24:25 -0400
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Britain announced on Wednesday a series of oil tax cuts and the creation of an investment allowance, heeding calls for help from battered North Sea oil and gas companies juggling high costs and a price slump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/j_OMOUF0n5U/britain-budget-oil-idUSL6N0WK3C420150318

UPDATE 1-Brazil comptroller to probe more contractors in Petrobras scandal
Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:14:29 GMT
BRASILIA, March 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Comptroller-General Office on Wednesday added another six construction and engineering firms to an investigation of contractors that allegedly participated in a corruption ring at state-run oil company Petrobras. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QOaywS992L4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:43:49 GMT
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will meet a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the Kremlin said, underlining Russia’s increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QOaywS992L4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-UN: Peace process only way for Israel to stay a democracy Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:36:55 -0400
UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Wednesday that Israel needs to stick with the Middle East peace process to remain a democracy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a commitment ahead of his re-election to negotiate a Palestinian state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MxcYue_RcnY/israel-election-un-idUSL2N0WK1R420150318

Potash Corp says quit SQM board over handling of allegations Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:28:07 -0400
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 18 (Reuters) – Potash Corp of Saskatchewan said on Wednesday that its three representatives quit the board of Chilean fertilizer group SQM due to concerns that SQM was not adequately investigating allegations of wrongdoing or fully cooperating with Chile’s public prosecutor. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/p2Z4lTFSmto/potash-saskatche-sqm-idUSL2N0WK0W020150318

India’s smuggled gold seizures jump as duty stays high Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:14:49 -0400
NEW DELHI, March 18 (Reuters) – Seizures of gold smuggled into India have surged, data showed on Wednesday, as the government tries to crack down on a thriving illegal trade made profitable by high import duty and other restrictions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/zpUsQ9_GlUI/india-gold-smuggling-idUSL3N0WK3TF20150318

U.S. lawmakers question DOE about future of emergency oil reserve Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:00:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Representatives asked the Department of Energy on Wednesday to explain its plans for the emergency oil reserve, a facility created after the 1970s oil crises, but likely to be reduced in light of a sharp drop in crude imports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YSO56kZkB4o/story01.htm

South Sudan warlord offers abducted boys sit exams -U.N. envoy Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:31:55 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (Reuters) – A South Sudanese warlord who abducted about 89 boys from their school has offered to let them return to finish exams as long as they are then given back to him to fight, United Nations global education envoy Gordon Brown said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IfrBWadg_e0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Britain hands lifeline to North Sea oil industry with tax cuts
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:24:25 GMT
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Britain announced on Wednesday a series of oil tax cuts and the creation of an investment allowance, heeding calls for help from battered North Sea oil and gas companies juggling high costs and a price slump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_wA-rbX_7Z8/story01.htm

Caserones mine in Chile fined for environmental failures Posted:Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:36:15 GMT
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The Japanese-owned Caserones copper mine in northern Chile has been fined $11.9 million for breaching environmental rules, Chile’s environmental regulator said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/gdlsXZ_0SGc/story01.htm

U.S. begins destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles at Colorado depot Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:07:16 GMT
DENVER (Reuters) – The destruction of 2,600 tons of World War Two-era mustard agent weapons banned by international treaty began on Wednesday at a U.S. Army depot in southern Colorado, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/KAAWKneQJPk/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Brazil securities regulator fines tycoon Batista $432,000 Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:38:48 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s securities regulator fined former billionaire Eike Batista 1.4 million reais ($432,000) for failing to promptly let investors know about a takeover and the delisting of parts of his once-giant EBX energy, mining, port and shipbuilding group. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wzVcsDaF-GY/story01.htm

U.S. lawmakers question DOE about future of emergency oil reserve Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:00:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Representatives asked the Department of Energy on Wednesday to explain its plans for the emergency oil reserve, a facility created after the 1970s oil crises, but likely to be reduced in light of a sharp drop in crude imports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YSO56kZkB4o/story01.htm

New global disaster plan sets targets to curb risk, losses Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:28:52 GMT
SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments set targets to substantially reduce deaths and economic losses from disasters at a U.N. conference in Japan on Wednesday, but critics were disappointed by the lack of a firm goal to ramp up financial support for poor countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Ge1FKTia2rM/story01.htm

Amazon rainforest soaking up less carbon as trees die young: study Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:07:28 GMT
OSLO (Reuters) – The Amazon rainforest’s ability to soak up greenhouse gases from the air has fallen sharply, possibly because climate change and droughts mean more trees are dying, an international team of scientists said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/UBnBjg-BXYQ/story01.htm

Global population growth threatens to outstrip fresh water supply: study
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:29:11 GMT
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global demand for fresh water is set to outstrip supply as a result of population growth by the middle of this century if current levels of consumption continue, a study said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/S0orOJWV4N8/story01.htm

Foul stench in rebel-held east Ukraine as war hits water treatment Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:18:02 -0400
DONETSK, Ukraine, March 18 (Reuters) – Fighting in east Ukraine has interfered with water treatment, producing a foul stench from the taps that aid workers say could bring health risks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/5YfKbc8piAI/ukraine-crisis-east-water-idUSL6N0WK2G920150318

U.S. Catholics lead in concern about climate change: study Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:32:48 GMT
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/m3cwDYHcqN8/story01.htm

South Sudan warlord offers abducted boys sit exams -U.N. envoy Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:31:55 GMT
UNITED NATIONS, March 18 (Reuters) – A South Sudanese warlord who abducted about 89 boys from their school has offered to let them return to finish exams as long as they are then given back to him to fight, United Nations global education envoy Gordon Brown said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IfrBWadg_e0/story01.htm

S.Korea producer prices fall 3.6 pct yr/yr in Feb Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:00:02 GMT
SEOUL, March 19 (Reuters) – South Korea’s producer prices fell 3.6 percent year-on-year in February, showing the same rate of fall seen in revised figures for January, central bank data showed on Thursday, as oil prices continued to drag down prices. Manufactured goods led the drop as they fell 6.5 percent in February from a year earlier. Among the manufactured goods, coal and oil products plummeted by 35.4 percent on an annual basis in February, the Bank of Korea data showed. The produc http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5gcXHowPrwc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Islamic State militants kill 10 pro-Tripoli fighters in central Libya
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:06:49 GMT
* Fighting in and around Sirte has pushed residents to flee city (Adds funeral, fighting in Benghazi) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/WqtccKgYZC0/story01.htm

Rousseff declares war on corruption in midst of Petrobras scandal Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:57:16 GMT
BRASILIA, March 18 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched an anti-corruption offensive on Wednesday to counter rising discontent over a kickback scandal engulfing state-run oil company Petrobras that has implicated her allies and undermined her popularity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6AXwxDXx5uc/story01.htm

Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:01:41 GMT
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday with a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, underlining Russia’s increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/V4PhQjqyG9g/story01.htm

Russia’s gas talks with Turkey underway – Kremlin Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:34:09 GMT
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – Russia’s gas talks with Turkey are underway and the Kremlin is hoping for mutually acceptable outcome, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fIO1Y1UEzZ8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Swiss prosecutor finds 300 bank accounts linked to Petrobras scandal
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:47:41 GMT
BRASILIA/ZURICH, March 18 (Reuters) – Swiss prosecutors have uncovered over 300 accounts at more than 30 Swiss banks that they suspect are linked to the massive corruption and money-laundering scandal at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/vAPWLB_0yeA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-RWE’s talks with Arab investor raise hopes of capital boostPosted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:36:38 GMT
* Shares close up 3.7 pct (Adds comments by trader, shareholder; background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9Q1nBY9wkn0/story01.htm

Financial, energy shares lift UK FTSE on budget boost Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:14:58 GMT
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index rallied on Wednesday as oil shares and financial companies drew a boost from changes announced as part of the UK government’s new budget. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/diCoEoVYMV4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Mexico finance minister sees sustained oil slump, 2016 budget hit
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:08:24 GMT
MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) – Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday he does not expect the recent plunge in oil prices to be temporary and that Mexico’s public finances will face major difficulties next year as a result. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ljRunTMwb60/story01.htm

US shale oil firms brace for more pain as crude resumes slide Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:04:42 GMT
HOUSTON/WILLISTON, N.D., March 18 (Reuters) – With the prospect of another plunge in crude prices looming after two months of stability, U.S. shale oil producers may face another round of spending cuts to conserve cash and survive the downturn. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/q1SKmDZ_E6k/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russia says mulls maximum gas discount for Kiev of $100/1,000 cm
Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:24:28 -0400
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – Russia may consider giving Ukraine a maximum discount on gas supplies of $100 per 1,000 cubic metres (cm), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, staking out Moscow’s position before talks in Brussels. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/pXlw978WROw/russia-crisis-ukraine-gas-idUSL6N0WK2XU20150318

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New post working toward US NRC Comment deadline on the 24th: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/us-nrc-radioactive-dilute-and-deceive-scam-comment-deadline-march-24th/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan inches closer to final approval for nuclear reactor restart Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:14:12 GMT
TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – A reactor in southwestern Japan cleared another regulatory hurdle on Wednesday, another small step in Japan’s return to nuclear power after all units were shut down for stringent safety checks following the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yJSJLj1TTIY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Putin, Erdogan discuss ‘Turkish Stream’ gas project – Kremlin Posted:Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:51:00 GMT
MOSCOW/ANKARA, March 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the “Turkish Stream” gas project during a phone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday, as Moscow continues to push for its new undersea pipeline to Europe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1jg_PaI-33k/story01.htm

EU’s Tusk discussing Russia sanctions proposal with Merkel, Hollande Posted:Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:28:05 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk is discussing a proposal with the German and French leaders that would link European Union sanctions on Russia to full implementation of a Ukraine ceasefire accord, a senior EU official said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Jr3CgN8XAoI/story01.htm

Tuesday, 17 March 2015
St. Patrick’s Day

New posts:
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/bp-oil-everywhere-bacterial-laden-tarballs-are-bp-spill-laniappe-as-bp-still-tries-to-evade-financial-responsibility/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/csb-jurisdiction-to-investigate-bp-oil-spill-accident-upheld-transocean-appeal-turned-down/

Two Thousand Snow Geese Fall from Sky Near Idaho National [Nuclear Testing] Lab
Mud Lake Idaho and INL snow geese dead

Did they really die of “avian flu”? Did Idaho National Lab start its 1959 “TREAT” test reactor back up, as intended? Was there a nuclear accident? Did the ongoing drought conditions cause historic fallout from nuclear testing to concentrate in water? Old reactors and nuclear waste were buried on top of the aquifer. Notice the green circles appear irrigated. Radionuclides in the irrigated water would be more concentrated due to drought. Some places in the US use this method (surface spraying) to dispose of radium from In Situ Leach (ISL) uranium mining. US EPA comments on ISL uranium mining are coming due in April.

WELL NETWORK REFLECTS IDAHO’S DROUGHT CONDITIONS

Our groundwater network at the Idaho National Laboratory is exhibiting the effects of 2 years of poor recharge on the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer.

Most of the 207 wells showed record-low water levels during the summer of 2014.

The primary goals of this network are to track contaminants in the aquifer and to determine the amount of water available for INL operations.http://id.water. usgs.gov/INL/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Thousands of snow geese fall dead from sky in Idaho Posted:Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:14:29 GMT
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/28aXeY1mW_Q/story01.htm

GE’s Immelt touts value of conglomerate’s scale to investors Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:09:09 GMT
(Reuters) – General Electric Co Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt is sticking by his company’s model for housing diverse businesses under one roof at a time when other U.S. conglomerates are looking at hiving off units to please investors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/CdJcFYABsyU/story01.htm

U.S. warns banks it may revoke some money-laundering settlements Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:34:41 GMT
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Reuters) – Some banks that have non-prosecution agreements over failures to police transactions for criminal activity could see those deals withdrawn and be forced to plead guilty, a U.S. Justice Department official said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/FQfIdesxJY8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Chilean court orders 2nd copper warehouse to suspend work Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:01:08 -0400
SANTIAGO, March 16 (Reuters) – A Chilean court has ordered port operator Antofagasta Terminal Internacional to temporarily suspend operations at a second copper stockpiling warehouse after high… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Fmv3TwXhwjU/chile-copper-ports-idUSL2N0WI1OE20150316

Holcim calls a halt to Lafarge deal to revisit terms Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:10:48 GMT
PARIS/ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Holcim called a halt on Monday to its merger with Lafarge , pressing the French company to renegotiate the deal terms and putting their plan to create the world’s biggest cement maker at risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/Ic2V7-45mOc/story01.htm

Russia’s Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off ‘gossip’ Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:57:53 GMT
STRELNA, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin reappeared on Monday after 10 unexplained days out of public view, laughing off the “gossip” over his health that had erupted during his absence. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/c-muNq4oqOo/story01.htm

Mali rebels reject proposed peace deal and demand more talks Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:29:55 GMT
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Rebels and community leaders in northern Mali have rejected a U.N.-brokered preliminary peace deal after days of discussions in the desert region they call Azawad and are demanding further negotiations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/02mx2TeHieg/story01.htm

Brazil prosecutors charge ruling-party treasurer with corruption Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:22:44 -0400
SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors on Monday formally charged 27 more people in a broadening corruption scandal, including the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party João Vaccari… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/pIA61b0lngM/brazil-petrobras-charges-idUSE6N0RP05820150316

UK cigarette packet branding ban passes final legislative hurdle Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:04:24 -0400
LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Plans to ban branding on cigarette packaging in England passed their final legislative hurdle on Monday after lawmakers in Britain’s upper house of parliament approved… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/TCMUAcvLGNY/britain-cigarettes-packaging-idUSL6N0WI4GF20150316

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-UK bankers face “reversed burden of proof” under new rules
Posted:Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:02:16 -0400
LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Senior bankers will be presumed guilty until proven innocent under strict new rules proposed by British regulators seeking to hold individuals accountable for bank… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/iKPfj_635TI/britain-banks-regulations-idUSL6N0WI1LY20150316
Reuters News Ends.

From US DOJ News:
“Monday, March 16, 2015
Taiwan Businessman Sentenced to 24 Months for Conspiring to Violate U.S. Laws Preventing Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/taiwan-businessman-sentenced-24-months-conspiring-violate-us-laws-preventing-proliferation

Friday, March 13, 2015
Michigan Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate Customs and Environmental Laws Regarding Export of E-Waste http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/michigan-resident-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-violate-customs-and-environmental-laws-regarding

Monday, 16 March 2015

Important US NRC Comment Deadline for the 24th March: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/20/2014-27519/radiation-protection

Related New post Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/cataracts-nrc-robbing-americans-blind-comment-until-24-march-2015/

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Important US NRC Comment Deadline for the 24th March: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/20/2014-27519/radiation-protection

New Posts:
Related to Comment deadline: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/childhood-cancer-near-nuclear-power-stations/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/panelists-issue-nuclear-warning-to-keswick-audience/

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill
Posted:Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:16:13 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by almost $4 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/x8Wmx4CVgJI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt
Posted:Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:51:54 GMT
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 14 (Reuters) – Oil company BP has signed an agreement to invest $12 billion in Egypt that will produce 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a joint statement from the company and the government said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/S1agbrILBm0/story01.htm

Court document from March 11, 2015: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-30122-CR0.pdf

Saturday, 14 March 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/sea-stars-sentinels-for-radionuclides-nuclear-waste/

Tony Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014)

On the side of the Biblical Prophets, who taught righteousness.
Tony Benn Photo by Isujosh, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikipedia
He discussed his opposition to nuclear energy and nuclear weapons: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/former-labour-mp-tony-benn-on-how-britain-secretly-helped-israel-build-its-nuclear-arsenal/

Benn’s mother taught him that “the stories in the Bible were based around the struggle between the prophets and the kings and that he ought in his life to support the prophets over the kings, who had power, as the prophets taught righteousness.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Benn

Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014) was a British Labour politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 47 years between 1950 and 2001… Benn inherited a hereditary peerage on his father’s death (as 2nd Viscount Stansgate), preventing him continuing as an MP. He fought to remain in the House of Commons,[2] and then campaigned for the ability to renounce the title, a campaign which succeeded with the Peerage Act 1963… Benn’s father William Wedgwood Benn was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 1906 who crossed the floor to the Labour Party in 1928 and was appointed Secretary of State for India by Ramsay MacDonald in 1929, a position he held until 1931. William Benn was elevated to the House of Lords with the title of Viscount Stansgate in 1942 – the new wartime coalition government was short of working Labour peers in the upper house.[8]…

Benn’s mother, Margaret Wedgwood Benn (née Holmes, 1897–1991), was a theologian, feminist and the founder President of the Congregational Federation. She was a member of the League of the Church Militant, which was the predecessor of the Movement for the Ordination of Women; in 1925, she was rebuked by Randall Davidson, the Archbishop of Canterbury, for advocating the ordination of women. His mother’s theology had a profound influence on Benn, as she taught him that the stories in the Bible were based around the struggle between the prophets and the kings and that he ought in his life to support the prophets over the kings, who had power, as the prophets taught righteousness.[9]Benn did not stand at the 2001 general election; as he explained it, he was “leaving parliament in order to spend more time on politics”.[63]… Shortly after his retirement, he was approached by the Stop the War Coalition, and was asked to become its President, an offer he accepted.[57] He became a leading figure of the British opposition to the War in Afghanistan from 2001 and the Iraq War,… He spoke against the war at the February 2003 protest in London organised by the Stop the War Coalition, with police saying it was the biggest ever demonstration in the UK with about 750,000 marchers, and the organisers estimating nearly a million people participating.[65] In February 2004 and 2008, he was re-elected President of the Stop the War Coalition.[66]…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Benn

Nuclear Industry Cycle http://web.evs. anl.gov/uranium/guide/uf6/index.cfm
Honeywell has locked out the unionized workers at the dangerous uranium hexafluoride plant in Metropolis Illinois, since 2 August 2014, over 224 days ago. Why? They have complained about conditions which were dangerous for the workers and the environment, and Honeywell was fined for them:
We Won’t Let Honeywell Put Profits Before Worker Safety, USW 7-669:
The USW local 7-669 has about 150 members at the Honeywell Plant in Metropolis, IL. Our plant processes uranium and we work around many extremely dangerous and deadly chemicals. Together, with the support of our community, we have the strength in numbers to stand up against their unconscionable corporate greed. We have no fear of raising ALL safety issues with Honeywell, OSHA, NRC, and the EPA. This helps the plant runs as safely as possible while protecting our members from unfair treatment. We are the guardians of safety.
http://usw7-669.com

Meanwhile, the Honeywell CEO: “David M. Cote Elected as a Class B Director to New York Fed’s Board of Directors, March 7, 2014http://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/news/aboutthefed/2014/oa140307.html

David M. “Dave” Cote (born July 19, 1952) is … chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Honeywell, a large American multinational conglomerate. He is one of the highest paid executives in America. Before Honeywell, Cote worked for General Electric and TRW. He was on the JP Morgan Chase risk committee during the period in which firm lost $2 billion trading credit derivatives…. He was appointed president, CEO and a member of the board of Honeywell in February 2002, and became chairman of the board on July 1, 2002. While CEO of Honeywell International in 2009, Cote earned a total compensation of US$12,839,038, which included a base salary of $1,800,000, no cash bonus, $4,252,500 in stock, options granted of $6,374,500, and other compensation of $412,038.[6]
[…]
Cote was a member of the board of directors at JPMorgan Chase and an advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). In 2012, Cote came under criticism as one of the three members of JP Morgan Chase’s risk committee, after CEO Jamie Dimon said on May 10, 2012 that the firm’s chief investment office suffered a $2 billion loss trading credit derivatives.[7]

In February 2014 it was announced that Cote would fill a vacancy on the board of the New York Federal Reserve. Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, writing in The New York Times, raised doubts about the suitability of Cote’s appointment, noting the “systematic breakdown of compliance and risk control” during the period when Cote was on the board of JPMorgan Chase, whilst also noting that some, but not all, of the problems there pre-dated Cote’s appointment.[8] The election papers did not mention Cote’s role at JPMorgan Chase in his candidate C.V.[9]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Cote

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-New York Fed targeted by Senate Banking committee Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:18:57 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – As the Senate Banking committee pushes ahead with its agenda, one target emerging on both sides of the political aisle is the New York Federal Reserve Bank and its… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fOVysYUI2-8/usa-fed-new-york-idUSL1N0WF1HX20150314

UBS says was added to class action lawsuit related to silver price benchmark Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:11:50 -0400
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – UBS was added in January to a class action lawsuit in the New York federal court related to the silver price benchmark known as the silver fix, the Swiss bank said in its annual report on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CkxzXJ6ixcU/idUSL5N0WF24E20150313

UPDATE 1-Siemens settles long-running dispute with Mexico’s Pemex Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:16:24 GMT
MEXICO CITY, March 13 (Reuters) – Germany’s Siemens AG said on Friday it settled a longstanding dispute with Mexican state oil company Pemex over two public contracts linked to a South Korean company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zKk3PCq7u2s/story01.htm

China’s BYD takes aim at Tesla in battery factory race
Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:39:19 GMT
LOS ANGELES, March 13 (Reuters) – Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd, backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, aims to triple its production of batteries as it takes on Tesla Motors in the race to supply electric vehicles and boost energy storage. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/B6wMPDtYzRQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Oil industry must join U.S. railroads to boost train safety -regulator Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:06:20 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Sev6kZVhekQ/story01.htm

U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola in ‘serious’ condition, NIH says
Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:50:31 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone was in serious condition at a Maryland hospital, and a second American who may have been exposed to that patient was being flown back to the United States, U.S. health officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/KGO8JVBrOAk/story01.htm

Friday, 13 March 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/uk-government-threatens-to-strike-back-over-austrias-hinkley-legal-challenge/

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Mining Official Pleads Guilty in Alaska to Making Illegal Discharges from the Platinum Creek Mine and for Making False Statements to Federal Officials
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/mining-official-pleads-guilty-alaska-making-illegal-discharges-platinum-creek-mine-and-making

UK threatens Austria over Hinkley C legal challenge
The Ecologist, 11th February 2015 http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2750993/uk_threatens_austria_over_hinkley_c_legal_challenge.html

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More data from South Korea nuclear power operator leaked
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:28:27 -0400
SEOUL, March 12 (Reuters) – A hacker believed to be behind cyber attacks on South Korea’s sole nuclear power plant operator released more files on Thursday, but a company official said the data was not believed to have been newly stolen but from previous hacking.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AOhkzdb2lPQ/southkorea-cybersecurity-nuclear-idUSL4N0WE3L920150312 

UPDATE 1-Hungary-Russia nuclear deal hits EU hurdle
Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:24:53 GMT
March 12 (Reuters) – Hungary’s 10 billion euro ($10.6 billion) plan to expand its Soviet-era Paks nuclear power plant in a deal with Russia has hit an objection in the European Commission that may oblige Budapest to revise the terms, EU sources said on Thursday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SZBGaig8k34/story01.htm 

UPDATE 6-Union says tentative deal reached to end U.S. refinery strike Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:53:58 GMT
HOUSTON, March 12 (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bB_vFZrjt4o/story01.htm

Court upholds dismissal of manslaughter charges against BP employees Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:01:14 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal appeals court upheld a district judge’s decision to drop manslaughter charges against two former BP Plc well site managers over their roles in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster that killed 11 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CIld6cCUjBU/story01.htm

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – March 13
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:04:42 -0400
March 13 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/YmuJisuOWFI/britain-press-ft-idUSL1N0WF02420150313  

Chinese, U.S. power firms top inefficient coal plants list
Posted:Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:59 GMT
OSLO, March 13 (Reuters) – Chinese and U.S. firms generate the most electricity from inefficient coal-fired power plants that pump out more greenhouse gases and use more water than newer power stations, a study said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AKoomQ47xcw/story01.htm

Former CEO of Brazil’s Petrobras says no way to discover wrongdoing Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:43:12 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 12 (Reuters) – The former head of Petrobras said on Thursday there was no way the state-run oil company could have discovered the massive corruption scheme that is adding to Brazil’s economic and political troubles. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/EgJQ-zzQuIU/story01.htm  

UPDATE 2-Ghana slashes 2015 oil revenue forecast on lower prices
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:53:16 GMT
ACCRA, March 12 (Reuters) – Ghana has slashed its 2015 oil revenue forecast to 1.5 billion cedis ($417 million) from 4.2 billion cedis when the budget was presented in November due to lower crude prices, the finance minister said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_cqvJeuvSMA/story01.htm

North Dakota’s job landscape shifting (for now) away from Big Oil Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:33:51 GMT
WILLISTON, N.D., March 12 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co , Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/T9f7agFTwu0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canada faces tough choices in Pacific trade talks -PM
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:47:32 GMT
OTTAWA, March 12 (Reuters) – Canada faces difficult choices in talks on a proposed 12-country Pacific trade pact and is doing its best to protect national interests, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4TYLu_V_7zA/story01.htm  

UPDATE 1-Mexico seeks private sector infrastructure investment as oil slump bites Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:09:46 GMT
MEXICO CITY, March 12 (Reuters) – Mexico’s government on Thursday urged the private sector to take a bigger role in billions of dollars worth of planned public works and the opening of the country’s energy sector, weeks after scaling back its own planned spending due to slumping oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/P-MRMdmfEk8/story01.htm  

UPDATE 2-Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:51:27 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zf15ShzgWC8/story01.htm

EU leaders unlikely to tighten Russia sanctions at meeting next week – diplomats Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:47:51 GMT
BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) – European Union leaders are unlikely to tighten sanctions on Russia when they meet next week but will haggle over whether they need to act now to prolong economic sanctions on Russia expiring in July, diplomats said on Thursday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zDWj4qmlYAY/story01.htm  

UPDATE 2-Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:51:27 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal…  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4qWVIOdYjt8/usa-energy-exide-idUSL1N0WE1OX20150312  

UPDATE 2-UK foreign minister seeks India assurance after $1.6 bln Cairn tax bill Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:08:31 -0400
NEW DELHI, March 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s foreign minister raised concerns in India on Thursday about a $1.6 billion retrospective tax bill charged to oil explorer Cairn Energy, and had been reassured there are no other such cases.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yaDBTjW3yiQ/india-britain-idUSL4N0WE3MP20150312

UPDATE 1-Blackstone-controlled cement maker Summit Materials rises 12.5 pct in debut Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:28:03 -0400
March 12 (Reuters) – Shares of cement maker Summit Materials Inc, controlled by Blackstone Group LP, rose as much as 12.5 percent in their trading debut on Thursday, valuing the company at $1.87 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y0cbB2LbhOs/summit-materials-ipo-idUSL4N0WE4XW20150312

Kiev says will take over Rusal’s stake in ZALK aluminium complex
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:26:39 -0400
MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s High Court has decided to take back into state ownership a 68-percent stake in an asset of Russian aluminium giant Rusal, the General Prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/L4hcbw04rlw/ukraine-crisis-rusal-idUSL5N0WE3PN20150312  

UPDATE 1-Nelson Peltz: Ready to accept two seats on DuPont board – CNBC Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:22:21 -0400
March 12 (Reuters) – Activist investor Nelson Peltz told CNBC on Thursday that he was willing to accept two seats on DuPont’s board, including one for himself, which is double the number the chemical conglomerate is willing to give his hedge fund. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2k1FrRRqf7c/dupont-trian-idUSL4N0WE53D20150312  

Weak rand double-edged sword for mining companies in South Africa Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:05:17 -0400
JOHANNESBURG/LONDON March 12 (Reuters) – The sliding rand is a double-edged sword for mining companies in South Africa, with cost inflation, wage claims and potential labour unrest outweighing the gains that exporters traditionally derive from domestic currency weakness.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PiThw5FVtF0/safrica-mining-rand-idUSL5N0WE3OM20150312

UPDATE 1-Saudi Aramco nears $10 bln loan deal at tight pricing – sources Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:11:37 -0400
LONDON/DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state oil giant, is close to completing a $10 billion tightly-priced loan, banking sources said on Thursday, part of which could be used to back the purchase of a stake in German synthetic rubber firm Lanxess.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5ZIJ9RwRnO8/saudi-arbn-oil-loans-idUSL5N0WE49F20150312  

‘Cyclone college’ brings hope to India’s vulnerable coastal community Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:29:03 GMT
NEMMELI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Shankar Tilakvathy, 45, has lived all her life by the sea. Sorting, drying and selling fish is the only livelihood she has ever known.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/cnV53LcjRaE/story01.htm  

Court upholds dismissal of manslaughter charges against BP employees Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:01:14 GMT
(Reuters) – A federal appeals court upheld a district judge’s decision to drop manslaughter charges against two former BP Plc well site managers over their roles in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster that killed 11 people.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CIld6cCUjBU/story01.htm

S.Korea seeks 200 T of nickel for July
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:25:38 -0400
SEOUL, March 13 (Reuters) – South Korea is seeking 200 tonnes of nickel for July shipment via a tender, the state-run Public Procurement Service said on its website (www.g2b.go.kr). The tender for the nickel product with a purity of more than 99.8 percent will close at 2 p.m. (0500 GMT) on March 26, and the bid will be opened an hour after. Details of the tender are as follows: TONNES SHIPMENT SCHEDULE PORT 200 July 31, 2015 Incheon * Note: Two cou  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UKhpLHCNmFo/nickel-southkorea-tender-idUSL4N0WF02I20150313

UPDATE 2-Venezuela likely to seek annulment of $455 mln Owens-Illinois award -lawyer Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:03:10 -0400
CARACAS, March 12 (Reuters) – U.S. bottle maker Owens-Illinois said on Thursday it had been awarded over $455 million in a nationalization claim against Venezuela, though a lawyer for the South American country said it was likely to seek an annulment.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tVOBDMxYdW0/owensillinois-venezuela-idUSL4N0WE4ON20150312  

German chemicals union threatens strikes over wage dispute
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:42:29 -0400
BERLIN, March 12 (Reuters) – German trade union IG BCE has raised the prospect of strikes after a second round of wage talks with employers in the chemicals industry ended on Thursday without agreement.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WxV-at2p3fA/germany-wages-idUSL5N0WE5IG20150312  

UPDATE 3-Lumber Liquidators defends floor product safety, offers free tests Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:32:07 -0400
* Shares rise as much as 15.4 percent (Adds details from conference call, updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/REQttxSQwg4/lumber-flooring-idUSL4N0WE49H20150312 

UPDATE 2-Brazil steelmaker CSN hopes strong dollar will double U.S. sales Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:31:21 -0400
SAO PAULO, March 12 (Reuters) – Brazilian steelmaker Cia Siderurgica Nacional SA expects to double its sales on the U.S. market in 2015 to 600,000 tonnes with the help of a stronger dollar, the company’s head of sales said on Thursday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oiyCuUqBWiM/csn-brazil-results-idUSL1N0WE1YE20150312  

RPT-U.S. to probe ferroalloy imports from Australian BHP plant
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:55:20 -0400
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – U.S. trade officials will look into cheap imports of ferroalloy from an Australian plant owned by the world’s biggest miner, BHP Billiton Ltd , which could end with…  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/GIt_fML7IpI/usa-trade-silicomanganese-idUSL1N0WE34M20150312

Chinese, U.S. power firms top inefficient coal plants list
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:00:59 -0400
OSLO, March 13 (Reuters) – Chinese and U.S. firms generate the most electricity from inefficient coal-fired power plants that pump out more greenhouse gases and use more water than newer power stations, a study said on Friday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/4WdH80sZe3Q/energy-coal-idUSL5N0WE4TV20150313  

North Dakota’s job landscape shifting (for now) away from Big Oil Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:33:51 -0400
WILLISTON, N.D., March 12 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co , Schlumberger NV and other large energy companies were conspicuously absent from a major North Dakota job fair this week, a telling sign as employers in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state grapple with sliding crude prices  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/_mPhqnZjgdg/usa-north-dakota-jobs-idUSL1N0WE35L20150312

UPDATE 1-Suez moves to single brand, regional structure
Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:53:52 -0400
PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) – Suez Environnement will move to a single brand and reorganise its business along regional lines, the French waste and water group said on Thursday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PVv9p5twzxA/suez-brand-idUSL5N0WE43R20150312  

UPDATE 2-Snam looks to boost European role with $5.4 bln gas grid upgrade Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:34:22 -0400
MILAN, March 12 (Reuters) – Italian gas company Snam will spend more than 5 billion euros over the next four years to upgrade its grid as it looks to play a leading role in Europe’s plans to make gas supplies more secure.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/SiEBiOtkRbE/snam-results-plan-idUSL5N0WE0XA20150312

MIDEAST MONEY-With governments at their backs, Gulf firms prepare for Egypt push Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:55:47 -0400
DOHA/ABU DHABI/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, March 12 (Reuters) – G ulf Arab governments are encouraging – and in some cases pressuring – hundreds of companies to attend an international investment summit in Egypt this week, in a move that may help the firms become top players in a rebounding Egyptian economy.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yJPAAABfYz0/egypt-economy-investment-gulf-idUSL5N0WD13920150312 

Russia to build Macedonia gas pipeline, possible Turkey route link Posted:Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:30:19 -0400
MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – Russia’s Stroitransgaz said on Thursday it will build a gas pipeline across Macedonia, which could eventually be used as part of a route to supply Europe with Russian gas via Turkey.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/S-lfV2sTSTk/russia-macedonia-pipeline-idUSL5N0WE1LF20150312  

Eighty percent of all Syria’s lights have gone out due to war
Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:01:00 -0400
BEIRUT, March 12 (Reuters) – Eighty-three percent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict four years ago, a research report based on satellite images said on Thursday.  http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/XaCcw77U1QY/mideast-crisis-syria-light-idUSL5N0WB16L20150312

Thursday, 12 March 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/remember-bob-crow-13-june-1961-11-march-2014/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/former-labour-mp-tony-benn-on-how-britain-secretly-helped-israel-build-its-nuclear-arsenal/

Bob Crow (13 June 1961-11 March 2014)
I’ll make my position absolutely clear to my unions, I would ban all nuclear power altogether, it’s not safe“. (BBC 4, 26 Oct. 2013, (17:37) recorded Fri. 25 Oct. 2013, Thetford-Thomas Pain Common Sense Club )“. See : https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/learning-from-bob-crow-the-late-rail-maritime-and-transport-union-leader/

Bob Crow was General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) from 2002 until his death one year ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Crow
Can it really be a coincidence that he died on the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster- triple meltdown?
Photo of Bob Crow by Jarle Vines, March 2012  (CC BY-SA-3.0)
Photo of Bob Crow by Jarle Vines, March 2012 (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Bob Crow: “If you fight you won’t always win. But if you don’t fight you will always losehttp://union-news.co.uk/2014/03/activists-pay-respects-bob-crow

Arnie Gundersen about Fukushima: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2787281/fukushima_an_unnatural_disaster_that_must_never_be_repeated.html

MoD accused of expanding sub test area without consultation” 2 March 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31691640

MoD: Submarine ranges claims ‘absolutely not true’ 3 March 2014http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31712243

Old Sellafield Open Air Nuclear Waste Pond
Sellafield B30 The Ecologist
Sellafield, B30, The Ecologist

Reuters News Feed Selection

Cost of cleaning up UK Sellafield nuclear site still uncertain
Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:44:08 GMT
* Cost of cleaning up Sellafield reached 53 bln stg last month http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6JlNq8LzPzc/story01.htm

Aftershocks still rattle east Japan four years after megaquake Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:25:15 GMT
TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) – Four years after a magnitude 9 earthquake shook northern and eastern Japan, the region is rocked by tremors at more than double the average rate of the decade before the disaster, a report this week from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/56W8Dw3BNHk/story01.htm

Disaster damage expected to hit $300 billion yearly as events intensify Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:11:48 GMT
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Investing in insurance programs for poor farmers today could save tens of billions of dollars in coming decades as climate change upsets growing patterns and makes harvests fail, U.N. officials said ahead of next week’s conference in Japan on disaster preparedness. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2wCppdKP0Qg/story01.htm

Japan PM vows new five-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:18:41 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday vowed to draw up a new-five year plan to speed rebuilding from a massive 2011 tsunami and the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl that have left thousands still homeless. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hkBnvQEN-y8/story01.htm

Chance of major earthquake in California higher than thought: scientists
Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:10:13 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California has a 7 percent chance of experiencing an earthquake of magnitude 8 or larger over the next three decades, U.S. government scientists said on Tuesday, higher than thought before. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/d2bz31skeeQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Russian oligarch steps up efforts to salvage North Sea deal Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:03:23 GMT
LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s LetterOne fund said it had submitted detailed information to the British government as it tries to salvage a deal to buy North Sea assets from Germany’s RWE and avoid a legal clash. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2dqVMCsTaTg/story01.htm

J.P. Morgan faces suit over power market manipulation claims Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:02:44 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – A class action lawsuit has been filed against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank by assets, alleging it engaged in racketeering and manipulation of California’s electricity market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9Ok-dPnci34/story01.htm

Germany seeks to boost renewable sources of heating Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:29:38 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s government set out changes to subsidy guidelines on Wednesday to try and boost the renewable sources of energy used to heat buildings and offices as it strives to avoid missing its ambitious climate targets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K-Rt2ijevqI/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Canada wants even newer oil tank cars phased out by 2025
Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:03:26 GMT
OTTAWA, March 11 (Reuters) – Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/HOxV6ma4ZBE/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Guinea calls Oct. 11 presidential vote, opposition protests
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:00:30 -0400
CONAKRY, March 10 (Reuters) – Guinea will hold the first round of a presidential election on Oct. 11, the West African nation’s electoral commission said on Tuesday, a decision opposition parties called unconstitutional. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fqWOyTOvX4o/guinea-politics-idUSL5N0WC55820150310

RPT-UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto sees iron ore mines closing at slower pace in 2015
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:42:13 -0400
PERTH, Australia, March 10 (Reuters) – Global miner Rio Tinto expects some 85 million tonnes of iron ore capacity to be taken out of the world market in 2015 because a price slump has made it too costly to produce, on top of an estimated 125 million tonnes last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/30AdzExFVTs/rio-tinto-ironore-idUSL4N0WC5ES20150310

Chinese steel firms call for state action to solve capacity glut Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:40:34 -0400
BEIJING, March 10 (Reuters) – China’s struggling steel mills appealed for government intervention this week to ease a capacity glut that has depressed prices and seems unlikely to get any better this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eLiwvADPxFE/china-parliament-steel-idUSL4N0WC1WV20150311

Negotiations drawn out over Mongolia’s largest coal mine Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:01:35 -0400
ULAN BATOR, March 10 (Reuters) – Talks to allow a consortium led by China’s Shenhua Energy to take over Mongolia’s largest coal mine have yet to be completed, with the project still paying off debts to another Chinese state miner, an official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TxmM22Y1-EA/mongolia-tavantolgoi-idUSL4N0WC3VM20150310

Africa’s oil “sweet spots” still viable after price rout Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:31:58 -0400
DAKAR, March 10 (Reuters) – African oil explorers will keep drilling in select locations such as onshore east Africa and less complex projects off the West African coast even with oil at $60 a barrel, executives and analysts told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pBpEXJRkEDY/africa-oil-idUSL5N0WB2LF20150310

RPT-Adani, GVK win Australian state backing to expand coal port Posted:Wed, 11 Mar 2015 03:56:57 GMT
MELBOURNE, March 11 (Reuters) – Queensland’s new state government on Wednesday cleared plans by two Indian companies to expand a port for coal projects that are opposed by green groups worried about pollution and damage to the Great Barrier Reef. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/tsHUpifOxhA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Former Petrobras exec details corruption scheme in hearing
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:42:39 GMT
BRASILIA, March 10 (Reuters) – A former Petrobras executive told a congressional hearing on Tuesday that Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party received up to $200 million skimmed from contracts with the state-run oil company, reiterating claims made in plea bargain testimony. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/89iY9Zi9Vw8/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Rail industry pushes White House to ease oil train safety rules
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:07:12 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bt9AGF5Ny9E/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canada, U.S. ‘very close’ on new oil-rail car -ministerPosted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:10:04 GMT
OTTAWA, March 10 (Reuters) – Canada and the United States are “very close” to announcing stronger new oil tanker railcar standards, intended to limit disastrous fires and pollution when oil trains derail, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dLu2h38mO-8/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto sees iron ore mines closing at slower pace in 2015
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:42:13 GMT
PERTH, Australia, March 10 (Reuters) – Global miner Rio Tinto expects some 85 million tonnes of iron ore capacity to be taken out of the world market in 2015 because a price slump has made it too costly to produce, on top of an estimated 125 million tonnes last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9wpBu8TG2CU/story01.htm

CN Rail needs to testify over recent oil accidents -minister Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:51:17 GMT
OTTAWA, March 10 (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway Co should explain its recent oil-by-rail accidents before the House of Commons transport committee, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/6ZWgqjVXJmI/story01.htm

Clinton says Republicans’ letter to Iran would help Tehran, hurt Obama
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:07:20 GMT
WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday a letter from Republican senators to Iranian leaders on nuclear negotiations was “out of step” with tradition. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rHwkses9Af4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-King Salman pledges to maintain stability, create jobs Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:41:19 GMT
RIYADH, March 10 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said he would fight corruption, diversify the economy and confront anybody who challenged the stability of the world’s top oil exporter in his first big speech since taking power on Jan. 23. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nzG3VUV1z3c/story01.htm

Chevron to boost asset sales as sticks by outlook amid cheap oil Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:09:17 GMT
NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp boosted its asset sales plans by 50 percent to $15 billion by 2017 and trimmed spending to generate more cash as the second-largest U.S. oil company reaffirmed plans to raise production 20 percent despite a plunge in crude prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FEzjwTKJJ3s/story01.htm

European offshore wind sector faces make-or-break 2020 -report Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:08:50 GMT
COPENHAGEN, March 10 (Reuters) – Wind power companies such as Vestas, Siemens and Dong need Europe’s installed offshore capacity to more than double and costs to be cut by a fifth within five years to compete with other fuels, an industry report said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b6D0rtcxryA/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Exxon, Shell’s spending patterns may help them through oil price drop
Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:02:26 GMT
* Set to increase borrowing easily to cover shortfalls (Adds link to graphic) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/h9seAEbG28A/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Libya oilfield attack is blow to U.N. peace talks Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:48:59 GMT
* Parliament asks for week’s delay in talks (Adds eastern parliament asks UN to delay talks) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PqR0EhYFuYo/story01.htm

U.S. Pacific Fishery council moves to protect forage fish Posted:Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:24:56 GMT
VANCOUVER, Wash. (Reuters) – A U.S. government agency that manages West Coast fisheries approved a prohibition on Tuesday on fishing seven categories of forage fish in a groundbreaking decision that signals a shift toward an ecosystem-based management. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OxRkrUOdClc/story01.htm